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Would You... If You Were Me?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by BuckNekkid, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Tele-Meister

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    I have a lot of guitars (30+ at last count). Lately, I've been thinking of shedding a few and maybe turning the proceeds into a really high-end guitar. The hard part is deciding which guitars go and which stay. Would you do this?

    Here are a few that are on my "go" list:
    • 1998 Gibson Les Paul Special SL
    • 2013 Gibson SG Future Tribute
    • 2013 Gibson SG Future Tribute (yes, I have two. Don't ask).
    • 2017 Gibson Memphis ES-335
    • Martin OMC-15ME Streetmaster
    • Dean Edge 09 Bass guitar
    Then there are those I will keep:
    • 2015 Gibson "Classic Rock II" Les Paul
    • 1994 Fender 40th Anniversary aluminum Stratocaster
    • 2006 Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster
    • 2013 Fender Custom Shop Robin Trower Stratocaster
    • 1957 Gibson ES-225
    • Taylor GS Mini-e Koa
    • Gretsch Jim Dandy G9500
    • KLOS carbon fiber travel guitar
    I doubt I could get more that $1,000 for any of the guitars above listed in the "go" category. Still, if I sold them all, I would probably have close to $3,000 I could then spend on one single, top-end guitar.

    Question: Would you do it? And if you would, what would you look at buying?
     
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  2. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    It's such a hard call cuz you've already got a lot of nice stuff listed here, and I don't really see any major gear gaps. What do you have a hankering for?
     
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  3. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Shouldn't the listed guitars add up to around 30? Hard to suggest a high end guitar when I don't know what you have.

    Still... yes, I'd do it.
     
  4. Torren61

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    What about the other 16?
     
  5. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Tough call on what to sell vs save. It is, for me, a very guitar-dependent question. One SG Future might simply play better than another SG Future.

    So I'd say keep the ones you play most often, and sell the ones that don't get out of the case as much.
     
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    harpdog Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    There is almost always regret, but be sure of the goal
     
  7. beanluc

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    Maybe audition top-end guitars first, if possible, before committing. I mean, when you find one you just know you just have to have.
     
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  8. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I’m into owning fewer, better guitars.
    I’m still looking to move two more on to their next home.
    My current decision is between either a Martin D-18 or an HD-28.
     
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  9. telemnemonics

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    Only to buy something like a vintage carved top D'Angelico or something like that.
    Any $3000 guitar is pretty much the same quality as what you're selling to buy something "better" IMO.

    Are you actually wanting a particular guitar you can't afford, that really is better than what you've got?
     
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  10. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If the list was all late model Squiers I'd say yes, 15-20 "better than Squier" guitars is "better" than 30 Squiers.
     
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  11. drmordo

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    Personally, I'd get a stone cold classic like a 60s Gibson archtop.
     
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  12. Dismalhead

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    I tried to do the same thing this past year. Sold four guitars and an amp, but I ended up buying five guitars and another amp. But I like my new stuff better! :D

    IMO you should start with the guitars that have a negative about them that bothers you. That's what I did - I had a MIM Strat that was a bit too heavy and I wasn't playing it much, my MIA Strat was an HSS instead of an SSS, the shredder wouldn't hold tune, my bass had crappy hardware, etc. I got rid of stuff I don't miss a bit, and got some really cool new stuff. Just beware, my guitar collection went up in count rather than down, which was my initial reason for starting the venture.

    What are you thinking of buying? Those are some pretty nice guitars you'd be willing to part with, so you're talking a decent amount of money there. I'd get something like this:

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    or this:

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  13. Addnine

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    What, no Cozarts??
     
  14. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I agree with lightening the load and thinning the herd, and shedding six in favor of acquiring one dream guitar is a really great idea.

    I went on a bit of a purge last month, and sold off a rifle, a carbine, two handguns, and three electric guitars.

    Since then I have acquired a small carry-concealed handgun that I've been wanting for a long while, and brought into the house exactly one pawn-shop acoustic.

    Feeling pretty good about all that.

    :)
     
  15. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    that mosrite is sweet...one is on the top of my list
     
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  16. mad dog

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    Separate decisions, at least to me. First, any guitars you're not playing, not that enthusiastic with, sell. Then, if and when anything else shows promise, entices, gets your excitement going, grab that one.
     
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  17. nojazzhere

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    My first question to you is.....what do you feel you're LACKING in your keepers?
    Do you have a "really high-end" guitar in mind?
     
  18. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Me?

    Keep 3-4

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  19. scottser

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    Yeah, you can afford to lose a few. I'd even get rid of the Jim dandy from your keep list.
    As for the high end guitar I'd get a 60s martin or some other really nice and collectable acoustic.
     
  20. 41144

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    Yes, I'd sell the ones listed and the Taylor mini, but that's me BTW... That ES225 and Trower Strat sound tasty :)
     
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